Dr Lesley Storey

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Psychology , Societies and Groups
Research Supervision:

Lesley is a social psychologist with an interest in health issues and social justice. Her research looks at the psychosocial impact of cancer, particularly sarcoma. Her current focus is on fear of recurrence.

Her political psychology research looks at issues of inter-group conflict and social group memberships.

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Lesley joined ARU in 2022 after three years at Birmingham City University and 11 years at Queen’s University Belfast. She is a member of the ARU Centre for Societies and Groups.

Research interests
  • Social and political psychology
  • A social approach to health issues
Areas of research supervision
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social psychology
  • Quality of life
  • Group memberships and self-efficacy
  • Module Lead: Research in Action: Qualitative Methods
  • Contributes to: Becoming a Researcher; Self and Society

PhD – University of Surrey

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Co-Investigator with Prof Hulbert-Williams - International cancer survivorship cohort study. (ongoing).

Development of Sarcoma Assessment Measure for quality of life (funded by Sarcoma UK).

Re-Assure me – exploration of fear of recurrence in sarcoma patients (funded by Sarcoma UK).

Selected recent publications

Martins, A., Whelan, J. S., Bennister, L., Fern, L. A., Gerrand, C., Onasanya, M., Storey, L., Wells, M., Windsor, R., Woodford, J., Taylor, R. M., 2022. A qualitative study of the factors influencing patient’s experience of soft tissue sarcoma in the United Kingdom. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000001163

Shayegh, J., Storey, L., Turner, R., Barry, J., 2021. A Social Identity Approach to how Elite Outgroups are Invoked by Politicians and the Media in Ethno-nationalist Populism. Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12798

Macleod, F., Storey, L., Rushe, T., McLaughlin, K., 2021. Towards an increased understanding of reminiscence therapy for people with dementia: A narrative analysis. Dementia, 20(4), pp. 1375-1407. doi: 10.1177/1471301220941275

Macleod, F., Storey, L., Rushe, T., Kavanagh, M., Agnew, F., McLaughlin, K., 2021. How adopters’ and foster carers’ perceptions of ‘family’ affect communicative openness in post-adoption contact interactions. Adoption & Fostering Journal, 45(4), pp. 430-441. doi: 10.1177/03085759211060715

Sweeney R., McNaughten, B., Thompson, A., Storey, L., Murphy, P., Bourke, T., 2020. ACTup: advanced communication training simulation enhanced by actors trained in the Stanislavski system. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 7(1), pp. 35-37. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000553

Martins, A., Bennister, L., Fern, L., Gerrand, C., Onasanya, M., Storey, L., Wells, M., Whelan, J., Windsor, R., Woodford, J., Taylor, R., 2020. Development of a patient-reported experience questionnaire for patients with sarcoma: the Sarcoma Assessment Measure (SAM). Quality of Life Research, 29, pp. 2287–2297. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02481-x

Recent presentations and conferences

February 2022: British Sarcoma Group – presented on the Sarcoma Assessment Measure.

October 2022: EMSOS - presented on Fear of Recurrence in sarcoma.